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Ticket to Tel Aviv: Meet Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands

02 May 2019 at 18:00 CEST
Duncan Laurence AVROTROS
With the song ‘Arcade', Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands this year. Duncan is set to perform 16th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the start of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals.

Since 2013, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has selected the Dutch entry for the Eurovision Song Contest internally. On 21 January, the broadcaster announced Duncan Laurence would represent the Netherlands in Tel Aviv. His song Arcade was released on 7 March.

Who is Duncan Laurence?

Duncan Laurence was born in 1994 in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. This year, he graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he developed himself as a singer, songwriter and music producer. Besides that, he spent a lot of time writing songs in London and Stockholm.

Growing up, Duncan was determined to be a musician despite living in a town where music was a stranger. He won a talent show at age 16 giving him the opportunity to record his first demo and decided to enrol in the Rock Academy. That allowed Duncan to travel and meet many peers to share his passion with.

Even though he's written more songs both before and after Arcade, he considers his Eurovision entry to be the start of his career: "it started my journey to wanting to write songs that can really mean something to people. It feels good to now step into the light and share my story. I want to reach out to people with my music, possibly even help them. Arcade is a word of advice to myself and who knows… maybe it helps someone, somewhere… I truly hope so".

READ MORE: Duncan Laurence's participant profile

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Duncan Laurence’s song

Duncan explains about his self-written song for Tel Aviv: "I got my inspiration from the story of a loved one who died at a young age. During the writing process of Arcade I received help from Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy and, because of that, it developed into a shared story and not just my own. Arcade is a story about the search for the love of your life. It is the hope for the - sometimes - unattainable."

LISTEN: Stream or download Arcade via your favourite music service

Earlier last month, we talked to Duncan Laurence about his participation in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Netherlands at Eurovision 2018

Last year, Waylon received 121 points for his song Outlaw In 'Em in the Grand Final. This made the Netherlands finish 18th in Lisbon. In 2014, Waylon had reached 2nd place as part of duo The Common Linnets. Their song Calm After The Storm got 238 points, which was not enough to top 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst's total of 290 points.

READ MORE: The Netherlands' country page

Do you think Duncan Laurence will bring the fifth Eurovision Song Contest victory to The Netherlands? Let us know in the comments!